Many people assume that using WordPress to power their website means they don’t have to pay much attention to choosing the right WordPress hosting solution. In reality, choosing the right hosting solution is vital to ensuring a quality user experience for your website visitors. There are five key factors to consider when choosing your WordPress hosting solution.
1. WordPress Hosting Requirements
WordPress has a series of hosting requirements that must be met before installing WordPress. At a minimum, a web server must have the following software package: MySQL version 5.0 or newer and PHP version 5.2.4 or newer.
We unfortunately live in an age where it is not uncommon (or even surprising) to wake up in the morning, turn on the news and find out that yet another massive data breach has taken place somewhere in the world. Because of these trying times, the security offered by your WordPress hosting solution should always be of the utmost importance. Make sure that the hosting solution that you select is capable of meeting the challenges poised by the ever-changing landscape of cyber security.
3. Technical Support Availability
Web hosting is one area where Murphy’s Law most certainly applies. No matter what types of precautions you take, there will eventually be a time where you need to contact someone at your hosting solution to help troubleshoot an issue, fix a problem or take care of a situation. When those times arise, it is important to partner with a WordPress hosting provider that has ample customer support channels and will be available when you really need them.
4. Availability of Features
Though “hosting” is the most important feature to look for in a WordPress hosting provider, you’ll still want to partner up with a company who is capable of utilizing the best that technology currently has to offer. Many high quality WordPress hosting providers offer features like automatic software upgrades, staging that can be handled with a single click, the ability to control GIT version and more.
Another important factor to consider when selecting a WordPress hosting solution is price. Though many hosting solutions are tripping over themselves in order to offer the lowest prices for their services, it is important to remember that it isn’t necessarily a good idea to go for the cheapest service that you see. When it comes to hosting, you absolutely get what you pay for. You invested a lot of time and energy creating your website. Don’t expose it to unnecessary risks.
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